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City Invites Residents to Become the First of Many Galveston University Graduates
News Release
Friday, April 13, 2018

Registration now open for the inaugural session set to begin on May 16th

Galveston, Texas – With forward motion building in the community, the City is introducing another opportunity for Galvestonians to be engaged citizens in the community they call home. The City will host their inaugural class of a new program titled, “Galveston University” on May 16th. The eight-week commitment will introduce participants to key staff members, take them on tours of new facilities, and provide staff an opportunity to receive citizen input throughout the process. Flyer

Each class will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in various locations throughout the City. Each class will cover a variety of departments and information that will help participants better understand the role of local government on the Island. The classes will be free to attend and limited to the first 18 people to sign up.

“This type of community engagement and education is what makes a community stronger,” said Mayor James D Yarbrough. “We hope to build community champions through this program that will inspire others to become more involved in the civic process.”

The sessions will include a Budget 101 presentation from the City Finance Director, Mike Loftin; a trolley tour to visit all of the improvements and new facilities being built on the Island; tours of the Police Station, Fire Station, and Airport; interactive sessions with multiple departments; and will conclude with a roundtable opportunity at Garten Verein for students to spend time discussing opportunities and concerns that exist in our community with the Mayor, City Manager, Police Chief, and Fire Chief. 

“For staff, the purpose of offering this program is really two-fold,” said City Manager Brian Maxwell. “Galveston University will provide us an opportunity to build a more engaged citizenry while providing staff a significant amount of time to spend listening to and learning from the citizens that we serve.”

While residency on the Island is not a requirement, those who do reside in Galveston will be given priority on the limited space in each session. All participants will be required to pass a criminal background check for the safety of the staff and students. Participants who complete no less than seven of the eight sessions will be recognized at the July 26th City Council meeting as Galveston University graduates.

Those interested in joining the May 16th cohort can sign up on the City’s website at Those interested can also select to be notified of future sessions. You can view the complete eight-week schedule below:

Schedule and content for each of the eight classes:

Date & Time

Departments presenting



May 16th





Capital Improvement Projects

Public Works

Special Projects

At City Hall in Council Chambers

This class will include an introduction to City Council and key staff members as well as an update on all of the City’s infrastructure projects.

May 23rd Wednesday



Utility Billing

At City Hall in Council Chambers

This class will include a presentation of Budget 101: Understanding Galveston’s Budget by the City’s Finance Director, Mike Loftin, as well as an introduction and overview of the City’s Utility Billing Department.

May 30th


June 6th



Parks & Recreation

Industrial Development Corporation

Grants & Housing

Special Events

Island Transit

Trolley Tour Beginning at City Hall

This tour on one the City’s rubber wheel trolleys will take students to Crockett Park, Cedars at Carver Park, and other sites around the City. Presenters will provide information, while touring, about the operations of the Parks & Recreation department, the function of the Industrial Development Corporation, what Grants & Housing provides to the community, how we manage special events, and Island Transit operations.

June 13th Wednesday


Galveston Police Department

Galveston Police Department

This class will include an introduction to Galveston’s new Chief Vernon Hale as well as a tour of the police department, and an invitation to get more involved.

June 20th Wednesday



City Marshal

At City Hall in Council Chambers

This class will include an introduction to the Development Services staff, information about historic preservation and how to get involved, and an overview of the City’s newly formed City Marshal’s office and the goals for code enforcement in Galveston.

june 27th Wednesday


Galveston Fire Department

Fire Station 5

Training Room

This class will include a presentation from all aspects of the Galveston Fire Department to include fire codes and prevention, as well as information on preparedness, what we do as a City, and how you can help. It will conclude in a tour of Fire Station 5.

July 4th


July 11th Wednesday



Human Resources

Scholes International Airport

This class will begin with a tour of Scholes International Airport, along with a presentation on the Airport’s economic impact in Galveston and the many industries she serves. It will conclude with a presentation from Human Resources about opportunities that exist in the City and how we are developing our staff to better serve the community.

July 18th Wednesday


City Attorney

City Auditor

City Secretary

Public Information


Garten Verein

This evening will begin with several brief presentations from various City Departments, and will conclude with the opportunity for students to have an extensive question and answer session with the City’s Mayor, City Manager, Fire Chief, and Police Chief.

July 26th 



Council Meeting

At City Hall in Council Chambers

At the July City Council meeting, students will be recognized for their dedication to their community and receive graduation certificates.

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